Poll: The New Palmetto Summerville Fence

What are your thoughts on Palmetto Summerville Behavioral Health's new fence?

has erected its new fence designed to deter escapees, which has caught the attention of neighbors, media and state legislators earlier this year. 

The $136,000 fence was erected by Great Dane Contracting of North Charleston. It is 12 feet high and 42-inches in the ground. For the first six feet, the fence is chain link. The upper six feet is constructed of a fine 5/8-inch mesh to deter climbing. The final two feet of the fence is angled inward at 45 degrees.

The previous fence, a simple privacy fence with a garden lattice top, was blamed for the multiple escapes from the facility. 

Lindsay Street September 27, 2011 at 12:28 PM
I'm curious as to why some folks are voting "no" and "somewhat." Anyone want to chime in with his or her concerns in comments?
Tom Musolf September 27, 2011 at 06:10 PM
I voted yes although somewhat concerned as to what th "mesh" is made of.
Chris September 28, 2011 at 01:46 PM
Everyone who owns a home in that area now just got one more reason the value of their home went down and will be even harder to sell. When a perspective home buyer does the research and discovers this prison contains sexual predators they will move one. someone just move his place to Ashley Pphosphate road and be done with it!
Lindsay Street September 28, 2011 at 02:30 PM
Chris, there is no evidence of sexual predators at the facility. A June 14 statement from the facility on the nature of the patients states: "No patient served at Palmetto Summerville has been charged for violent offenses ... Our facility is a mental health/behavioral health treatment facility based on a medical model, not a correctional facility. Many of the youth placed with us have been the victims of neglect; physical abuse and other trauma as well suffer from other types of disorders." While there may be children prone to violence there, given the number of alleged aggravated assaults on employees this year (none of which have lead to charges or convictions that I know of), I don't think it's fair to call them sexual predators unless they have been convicted of sexual crimes.


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